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Coyotes’ Smith stands by controversial comments: “I don’t regret anything I said”

May 25, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

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Even though the Coyotes reacted badly following their season-ending defeat on Tuesday, some folks were willing to accept their apologies. The circumstances — Dustin Brown nailing Michal Rozsival, Dustin Penner scoring seconds later, some egregious officiating throughout — were enough to make Phoenix’s blood boil.

The players reacted accordingly, felt bad about it, and wanted to make amends.

But while some, like Shane Doan, apologized for their conduct, goalie Mike Smith went the other way.

“I don’t regret anything I said,” Smith told the Arizona Republic. “It needed to be addressed. We move on. We deal with what we’ve said to the media and to you guys.

“I’ve been honest all season long, and I’m not going to change because a game put us out.”

Here’s what Smith said, in case you missed it.

“The calls that were made and not made down the stretch, that just saps the life out of you. They said we’re complaining a lot about calls, but we’re complaining because they’re calls that have to be made in these games.”

And…

“When Brown gets away with something like that after the whistle — knee on knee, that’s a dangerous play. If Raffi Torres gets 25 games for his hit during the play, this guy should be done forever.”

To be fair, Smith did make a minor alternation to his comment about Brown. While he still thinks it was a “dirty hit” and that “a penalty should’ve been called,” he also added “obviously, a lifetime ban is little much.”

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  1. dsd3 - May 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    This guy is a joke. I can’t wait until he regresses back to being a mediocre goalie next year.

  2. jasaik - May 25, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Agree. He is a Hothead!

  3. biffnasty - May 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Classy

  4. toewsingkaner - May 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    The guy is obviously out of touch with reality. Probably go back to being as average as his name is for next season.

  5. tonythenose - May 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    It’s a shame that a great season is now overshadowed by these idiotic comments. Rather than crying, if the coyotes players look back on the series they’ll realize that if they played like they did in games 4 & 5 in games 1-3 the series would still be going.
    If they want someone to blame for being out of the playoffs they just need to look in the mirror

  6. 22lakings22 - May 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Smith should start being honest with himself…his slash to the back of Brownie’s leg and his swing-and-a-miss to Richards after the GWG were as dirty as they come. If he wants change, he should start with himself. Until then, everything out of this guy’s mouth is GARBAGE. Go Kings Go!

  7. mbstrfrk55 - May 25, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    and in return…nobody regrets not caring what he says.

  8. darksidecowboy - May 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    SMITTY SMITTY SMITTY!!! Are all you people perfect? Belfour, Hextall, and Roy all said and did things that make today’s goalie look like choir boys and you people want quiet, meek, boring candyass goalies to shut up play hockey. I on the other hand enjoy the sport and the “entertainment”. Who doesn’t like all the Bryz comments this year? C’mon get a life and live and let live. Fine Smith, Doan, Yandle, Tippett, the whole state of AZ if you want to Campbell, who cares.

    • 22lakings22 - May 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      I don’t recall anyone saying that they want “quiet, meek, boring candyass goalies”, and I’m going to go out on a limb (sarcasm) and make a general statement that we all “enjoy the sport and the “entertainment” or we wouldn’t be on this blog. We just don’t want to hear a goalie complain about a controversial hit or a blown call when he’s completely guilty of controversial AND non-controversial calls (obvious diving and slashing) or blown calls.

  9. sjsharks66 - May 25, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Lol calm down ^^

  10. proudliberal85392 - May 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Doesn’t anybody remember Patrick Roy’s reaction to Krys Kolanos’ penalty shot? YouTube it.

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